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Man fined for failing to keep his dog under control

Carlisle Magistrates Court

A man has been fined for failing to keep his dog under control.

Eden District Council brought the prosecution and Derek Sealby, of Castle Gardens, Greystoke, pleaded guilty to breaching a Community Protection Notice.

He was fined £274 at Carlisle Magistrates Court on January 13.

He had persistently flouted conditions placed on the border collie because of its history of attacking and injuring other dogs when it was off the lead.

Sealby was meant to keep the dog on a lead and muzzle it, but failed to do so.

Sealby had been formally warned and had previously been the subject of enforcement action but his continued offending left the council with no alternative but to take him to court.

Councillor Judith Derbyshire said: “I hope that this case is a red flag to all irresponsible dog owners that Eden District Council will not hesitate to take action if they ignore the dog laws which are in force in all the towns and villages in our area.

“Responsible dog owners should also be reassured that Council officers will always act when there is good evidence available, in order that Eden District continues to be a safe and enjoyable place for a dog walk.”